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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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STATED MEETING DINNER
Greetings Ladies and Brethren,
As I write this article, I am getting ready for Grand Lodge once again.
I thank the brethren for sending me and the Wardens up to San Francisco this year.
At Grand Lodge, Masons from all over California meet to elect next years' officer line as well as vote on different items relating to the fraternity.
Since this is November, I am looking forward to having turkey with all the fixings at the stated meeting.
Also this month, we have our annual election of officers. I am looking forward to working with Artin and his officer line.
I am impressed at the fact the officer line is getting "younger" overall and that more younger men are interested in our fraternity.
Remember that Wednesdays are Lodge Night.
Fraternally from the East
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
November has come and thankfully with it some cooler weather. Brethren and Ladies I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, because one of the many things I’m grateful for is Home Lodge.
The month of November always pulls me back to my childhood. As I’m sure everyone that attended grade school here in the U.S. can relate; every year we’d have some assignment or go around the room to discuss what we were grateful for. At a young age I remember just reciting the usual list: Parents, brother, good food and good video games. Today I would give about the same answers but for much deeper reasoning. I’m beyond grateful for the sacrifices my parents made & all their hard work in raising us. I’m grateful for my brother and everything he’s done & taught me. I’m of course still grateful for good food and video games, but now I have a much more important thing to be grateful for, all the support and good faith my Home Lodge family gives me.
I’m thankful for all the brothers that have placed their trust in me and continue to support me as an Officer of the Lodge. Words will never be able to describe how much I care for Home Lodge. I’ve received so much guidance and mentorship over my years as a Mason that I will be forever indebted to our Fraternity. I’ve been blessed with guidance from so many great men, that has enabled me to become the Mason & Officer I am today. I thank you all so much, from the ones that taught and coached me in ritual, to the ones that guided me in lodge management and etiquette. I’m thankful that I still have those to learn from, and thankful for the time I’ve had with those that have passed on to that Celestial Lodge above. I hope one day I can do for others what you’ve all done for me.
I’d like to thank the brethren of Clarence F. Smith Daylight Lodge as well. They assisted us during our most recent qualification. For all those that do not know, these brothers just received their charter at Annual Communication & I cannot think of a more deserving group of men. We look forward to continuing our new relationship for many years to come.
I want to thank my Officers for all their hard work and commitment to the Lodge. These men have put aside some much time and have gone above and beyond what I, or anyone else, expected. The level of pride I have in these men is beyond measure.
I must congratulate Worshipful Stephan Varsam P.M. on receiving the Hiram Award. I’ve been blessed to have a wonderful relationship with Wor. Varsam and have learn so much of what it means to be a Mason and how we are to carry our teaching into our everyday lives.
Finally, as I do every month, I must thank the men that show up to support our Officers and candidates. I’m again thankful that so many of you take the time out of your days to come sit and participate in our degrees. To those that haven’t been Home in a while, the door is always open & we’d love to see you, even if it’s for just a minute or two.
…Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday night than at Home.
Fraternally from the West,
I would like to first thank all the Officers for putting in so much work in getting ready and qualifying. This year has been filled with ups and downs, surprises and difficulties, and moments that will remain as some of my greatest memories. I’ve learned so much about the people I sit in lodge with and call my brothers.
We are always working on improving our Ritual work to provide the best experience for our candidates. I’m truly proud of our Officers who have worked hard and sacrificed their time in order to practice and prepare. A big thank you to everyone that’s assisted the Officers in getting this far.
I would also like to thank the brothers from Clarence F. Smith Daylight Lodge for stepping in and helping us qualify. For those of you may not know, at this year’s Annual Communication, they received their number and Charter. I’m truly grateful for meeting these men and look forward to working closely with them, traveling to each other’s lodges and building an extended Masonic Family.
Also, please be on the lookout for the sideliners degree night. Yours truly will be sitting as Senior Deacon for the first time from Gavel to Gavel. So if you haven’t been at lodge for a while, tonight should be a fun and interesting night as I try my hand at another chair. I invite you all to attend.
Lastly, but surely not the least, congratulations to Worshipful Stephan Varsam, P.M. for receiving the Hiram Award. I’m so honored to know him and feel so fortunate to have him as a mentor, brother, and friend. His Masonic journey is one that’s led him from country to country, from danger and secrecy to openly being a Mason.
Worshipful, you’ve truly been an important part in my Masonic development and I’m so happy that your journey has led you to Home, to us. Congratulations, you deserve it.
Fraternally from the South,
Andre Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON COHEN, P.M.
ARTIN ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
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HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2019 are $101.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2018) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2019. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2019 term are: $101.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2019:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,121.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,919.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,717.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,414.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,111.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR BROTHERS THAT HAVE BE RAISED TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Christopher G. Berberian
Brother Avetis Petoyan
Brother Geronimo Legaspi
Brother Boris Lunares
Brother Anthony Hatchett
Brother Thomas S. Austin
Brother Justin Bruce
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE NO. 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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